The Role Distance Learning Has to Play in Offender Education

Caroline Seelig


This article looks into the uses of digital and online tools in distance learning to improve literacy and numeracy of offenders in New Zealand prisons.  Looking at the benefits and restrictions of digital education within the prison environment, this article discusses the solutions that Open Polytechnic, in partnership with the the New Zealand Government, has put in place to give prisoners further opportunity for rehabilitation, and ultimately prepare them for re-entry into society, the workforce or further study.


distances learning; prisons; corrections; online; tablets; adult education; numeracy; literacy; New Zealand; Open Polytechnic; offenders; prisoners; Maori; Pasific; education;

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